Seven-foot-tall numbers “1” and “9” will be delivered in mid-December and available for proactive
Instagrammers to grab their celebratory NYE shot at the various Times Square plazas until they are
hoisted atop One Times Square the week leading up to the big event.
On December 28 from noon till 1 p.m., locals and travelers are invited to enjoy Good Riddance Day
at the Broadway Plaza in Times Square where bad memories are eliminated with the help of Shred-it,
a document shredding company.
From December 1–29, visit the Wishing Wall in Times Square Plaza to share your hopes and
dreams for 2019. At midnight all wishes will be dropped as confetti and sent into the universe for
consideration as the New Year begins. Electronic wishes can be submitted here or on Twitter &
Instagram using #ConfettiWish.
The nearly 6-ton ball, covered with 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles, is capable of lighting up the night
with more than 16 million different colors from One Times Square. As the final seconds of 2018 expire,
a host of nearby venues will offer new years’ cheer with a view of the ball drop.
Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rocking Eve with Ryan Seacrest will broadcast the Times Square festivities
globally with the help of performances by superstar performers (to be announced) and hosts Ryan
Seacrest & Jenny McCarthy.
Viewers around the world can also visit timesSquareNYC.org, NewYearsEve.nyc and
TimesSquareBall.net to watch the annual event.
From the East River to the Hudson, midtown hotels will once again welcome the new year with the
unique style and flair that has made New Year’s Eve a signature celebration in the neighborhood:
The New York Marriott Marquis will host a fivecourse dinner, unlimited premium open bar, and
entertainment at The View Restaurant & Lounge, in the center of the Times Square party with
360-degree views revolving completely.
The Peninsula New York’s Salon Den Ning will host a Rooftop Party with culinary creations and
a Champagne toast at midnight while the hotel’s signature restaurant, Clement, will host a black-tie
event complete with a gala dinner, dancing and a DJ to last past midnight.
Ai Fiori at The Langham, New York, Fifth Avenue will offer a special four-course prix fixe meal and
specially-curated New Year’s Eve Tasting Menu for anyone who wishes to ring in the new year
with some of the finest French and Italian-inspired cuisine in New York City.
The Sanctuary Hotel’s Haven Rooftop Lounge will offer a variety of premium packages for its New
Year’s Eve celebration. Guests are invited to enjoy 4 hours of premium open bar drinks, unlimited
gourmet appetizers and a party hosted by two professional DJs.
Additional NYC Celebrations
The festivities are far from limited to Midtown Manhattan, however, other events include:
The Z Hotel NYC will celebrate NYE with a multicultural feast including Asian duck breast,
Rosemary and Thyme Rack of Lamb, and Grilled Marinated New York Strip. An open bar, buffet and
complimentary midnight toast are included in the festivities at this Long Island City hotel. (Queens)
The Hilton Garden Inn, situated in the heart of 415 acres of protected woodlands, is hosting a New
Year’s Eve Gala in its lavish Nicotra’s Ballroom. The all-inclusive event will feature a live band and DJ
until 1 a.m. Upgraded tickets including an overnight stay in a King Suite are available. (Staten Island)
The only casino in New York City’s five boroughs, Resorts World Casino, invites those 21 and older to
celebrate at Bar360 with a night of concerts that includes a performance by TKA K7, a NYC-based
rap group that rose to prominence in the 90’s. Guests are also encouraged to explore the casinos
4,200 slot machines and 1,300 electronic table games. (Queens)
Party on Park Avenue at the Loews Regency Hotel: Enjoy a night of glitz and glamor in a stylish suite
on Manhattan’s Upper East Side complete with an open bar, champagne toast at midnight and
seated dinner courtesy of The Regency Bar & Grill. All packages must be booked by December 28.
Yankee Stadium will convert the baseball diamond into a football field at the 9th Annual New Era Pinstripe Bowl on
New Year’s Eve once again this year. Visitors can watch top college teams compete in the annual football game
played at the historic baseball stadium, fans are encouraged to explore the various renowned dining options in the neighborhood
and stay at the historic Opera House Hotel. (Bronx)
New York Botanical Garden’s Holiday Train Show, the annual exhibition of classical model trains moving through a hand-crafted
display of New York City’s built environment will be open until 6 pm on New Year’s Eve. More than 175 miniature iconic city structures, including new additions such as the Oculus, One World Trade Center and the Battery Maritime Building, are made entirely out of plant parts. (Bronx)
Coney Island US A will host their annual NYE celebration in Steeplechase Plaza for the fifth time, complete with a fireworks
display from the storied Parachute Jump. Boardwalk restaurants and attractions such as B&B Carousell, Deno’s Wonder Wheel,
and Thunderbolt roller coaster will be open and ready for the New Year’s festivities. A digital burst ball drop will ring in 2019, followed by a Circus Sideshow Fire Spectacular at 1 a.m. Visit coneyisland.com for more info. (Brooklyn).
Visitors are invited to ring in the New Year with Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams for the 39th edition of The
New Year’s Eve Fireworks Celebration at the historic Grand Army Plaza in Prospect Park. The family-friendly event is a free, authentic way to celebrate with tens of thousands of locals and travelers with live entertainment. (Brooklyn)
For a beautiful, unobstructed, view of the NYC Skyline coupled with an extravagant fireworks display over the Hudson River, take
a ride on Circle Lines New Year’s Eve Cruise in New York Harbor from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. A DJ and midnight toast complete an event that is 21+ to drink, 18+ to enter. (Manhattan)
Four-time Grammy winner Renee Fleming will join new Musical Director Jaap van Zweden and the Philharmonic at The
New York Philharmonic’s New Year’s Eve Concert for a night of song and dance. (Manhattan)
2019 TCS NYC Marathon hopefuls and running lovers are invited to participate in the most festive qualifying race of the year at the NYRR Midnight Run. Registered runners and their plus ones will gather at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park for a four-mile race that starts at 10 p.m. and concludes by 12 a.m. with a beautiful fireworksdisplay at the finish line. (Manhattan)
New Year’s Day and Beyond
The Coney Island Polar Bear Club New Year’s Day Plunge is free with prior-registration and kicks off at 1 p.m. at the Stillwell
Avenue boardwalk entrance. Participants are invited to enter the New York Aquarium complimentarily after the plunge and to go to the Coney Island Brewing Company to warm up after the swim. (Brooklyn)